The former North Carolina senator who rocketed to the top of the Democratic Party as a vice-presidential nominee and presidential contender will spend the next few weeks inside a federal courtroom.
John Edwards is charged with violating campaign finance laws in a scheme to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter.
Edwards is accused of asking two wealthy supporters for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and using that money to cover up his affair with Hunter from his wife, Elizabeth Edwards.
Elizabeth Edwards died in December 2010 after battling cancer.
If he is convicted, Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison.
The final members of the jury were being selected Monday morning and opening statements are supposed to start in the afternoon.
Edwards has denied from the beginning that he used illegal campaign contributions to cover up an affair.
But Edwards’ former aide, who is the prosecution's star witness, said Edwards came up with a plan to cover up a child he had with his mistress, Reille Hunter, and keep his election hopes alive.
“They’re going to go after his credibility -- why he’s saying this, why he’s doing this -- and how effective the defense is in cross-examining Young could make or break this case,” said ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams.
Young cut a deal with prosecutors and said Edwards knew about the money, where it came from and what it was being used for.
Edwards’ defense team said the donations were gifts.
Young and Hunter recently ended a two-year legal battle over ownership of a sex tape the mistress recorded with Edwards during the campaign, agreeing to a settlement that dictates that copies of the video will be destroyed.
Hunter is also expected to take the stand along with Cate Edwards, the former candidate’s oldest daughter.